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158 THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
overcometh [Satan and his own self], and keepeth my works unto
the end, to him will
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give power over the nations: and he shall
rule them with a rod of iron ..." (Rev. 2:26-27).
When Christ comes to RULE. as the KING of kings and LORD
of lords, we who are called now will rule with and under Him, as
He restores the GOVERNMENT OF GoD to this earth.
Notice again: "To him that overcometh will
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grant to sit with
me in my throne, even as 1also overcame, and am set down with my
father in his throne" (Rev. 3:21). Those who shall reign WITH Christ,
when He comes to restore the GOVERNMENT OF ÜOD, MUST OVER–
COME (and that inciudes overcoming SATAN), EVEN AS JESUS DID!
Now does this apply equally to those who shall be converted
after
Christ comes, during the Millennium?
The answer is
NO!
These two quotations (above) are found
in Jesus' message to the seven CHURCHES that span this CHURCH
AGE! They do NOT apply to those called later! Do they apply
only
to the era of Thyatira and Laodicea? No, they apply to ALL the
Church age. These seven messages DO apply to
seven successive
Church eras.
BuT they
also
apply to the WHOLE CHURCH through
ALL eras. In other words, the Ephesus characteristics DOMINATED
in the first era, and the Laodicean will dominate in the last, but
SOME of these characteristics are found in EVERY era. The mes–
sages apply to the WHOLE Church (and so 1 have said and written
for fifty-one years) but certain characteristics predominate in the
various eras.
But GET THIS CRUX POINT! Jesus had to QUALIFY to RULE the
earth. God's WHOLE PURPOSE IS TO RESTORE THE GOVERNMENT of
GoD on earth and set up the KINGDOM OF GoD. Jesus had to re–
sist and overcome the temptations - very special ones - of
SATAN. Are WE to rule
without
any such qualifications?
Ofcourse
not!
Those who are to rule with and under Christ when He re–
stores the GOVERNMENT to the earth MUST QUALIFY - must turn
FROM Satan's WAY TO ÜOD'S WAY, that is, to the GOVERNMENT of
GoD. We must root out- root and branch - Satan's ATTITUDE
and WAY, and so thoroughly that we shall make it IMPOSSIBLE ever
to turn again to Satan's way- IMPOSSIBLE TO SIN
(1
John
3:9).
Those called to spiritual salvation AFTER Christ comes will
not have to battle Satan.